Undergraduate Major & Minor College of Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts


Whether you aspire to analyze literature or write it, the study of English at PLU offers a versatile and challenging major. Through reading we have the opportunity to live a thousand lives, while writing with care and imagination can reveal new self-truths. The writing track offers opportunity for intensive practice in imaginative, analytical and pragmatic modes of writing. The literature track introduces students to the great literary traditions of Britain, North America and the English-speaking world, as well as courses in ethnic American, women’s, and world literatures. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared for any future requiring integrative thinking, skill in writing, discernment in reading, appreciation of human experience, and the mastery of critical and creative expression. Business, law, government, technology, education and publishing are areas where English graduates frequently make their careers.


  • Writing
  • Literature

Graduates from the last 5 years: Their jobs

  • Editor, State of Oregon
  • Editorial Intern, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine Journal
  • Teacher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Mental Health Research Coordinator, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
  • Legal Advocate, YWCA of Pierce County
  • English Teacher, Peace Corps
  • Professional Writing Consultant, Pierce College - Puyallup
  • Bookseller, Grassroots Bookstore

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their graduate programs

  • Master of Arts in English, Oxford University
  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of Washington
  • Master of Business Administration, Oregon State University
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Pacific Lutheran University
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